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Police Investigate Rooftop Blast In Tampa Bay Area

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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Police are investigating a rooftop explosion that rocked a Tampa Bay-area neighborhood.

Tarpon Springs Police say two people were injured by glass and debris from a shed destroyed by the explosion early Sunday. Several nearby businesses reported having broken glass, cracked windows or other structural damage.

Police evacuated the street while bomb technicians worked the scene. Capt. Barb Templeton says a bag found nearby contained “suspicious materials related to this incident” that will be processed for forensic evidence.

Meanwhile, as emergency workers treated the injured, a man stole an ambulance from the scene. Police tracked the ambulance to a nearby water treatment facility, where Templeton says the man struggled with officers and brandished a flashlight and a potato. The man faces charges of grand theft, burglary and resisting arrest.

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